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Published: Jul 26, 2023 6 min read
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Rangely García for Money

This is an excerpt from Dollar Scholar, the Money newsletter where news editor Julia Glum teaches you the modern money lessons you NEED to know. Don't miss the next issue! Sign up at and join our community of 160,000+ Scholars.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that Taylor Swift is on a massive Eras Tour at the moment. The whole gimmick is that she plays hits from her various albums, including Red, 1989 and (of course) reputation.

For non-Swiftie Scholars, here’s some context: Coming after Swift all but vanished from the public eye due to controversy, reputation was a cultural reset. The once-angelic country star came out swinging, firing back at the tabloids’ obsession with her romantic relationships. It was awesome.

In my opinion, Swift — who was just a woman in her 20s dating like women in their 20s tend to do — had developed an unfair reputation. And hearing her side of the story has made me take a fresh look at other things that people cast in a bad light… like store credit cards.